by Jodi Summers Do you want to know what rental prices at the beach have gotten so high? Short-term rentals have pushed up the demand and thus the price. The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, a labor-backed advocacy group, estimates that more than 7,000 houses and apartments have been taken off the rental […]

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by Jodi Summers The residents of Santa Monica don’t want more residential buildings and they’re not excited about hotels, so they’re getting new office space. The Santa Monica Gateway at 2834 Colorado Avenue is planned as a two-building 200,000-square-foot property with subterranean parking. It is some of the first high tech office space being built […]

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edited by Jodi Summers Here’s some fascinating cocktail party information you can share about Santa Monica Bay: Santa Monica Bay is an integral part of the larger geographic region commonly known as the Southern California Bight, according to The Bay itself is the submerged portion of the Los Angeles Coastal Plain. It is bordered […]

Los Angeles contemporary-landscape

compiled by Jodi Summers Have you ever noticed the green roof at Chicago’s Millennium Park? It’s got the largest green roof in the world. For the record multi-award winning 24.5-acre public park with venues for performance, art, sculpture, architecture and landscape architecture, located between Chicago’s lakefront and the central business district (the loop). “Created to […]


by Jodi Summers Commercial real estate is being redefined. The world of 9-5 cubicles and being tethered to your desk is disappearing and square footage needs are shrinking. Offices have places of collaboration and one of many places to do your work…while retail has evolved into a showroom for stuff you can buy cheaper online…or […]

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This is crazy! Madrid-based PKMN Architecture’s five-in-one apartment solution that allows the owner to have several spacious rooms—just one at a time. [vimeo 110871691 w=500 h=281]


by Jodi Summers Now that we are in a drought, Californian are constantly reminded to cut down on their water usage. Figures released by the State Water Resources Control Board, praise urban residents for cutting water consumption 28.9%. Governor Jerry Brown is requiring urban areas to cut water use 25%, the first mandatory water rationing […]


edited by Jodi Summers Its official, cities that are tech hubs yield the most income per worker. Many of the most productive areas in the U.S. economy are cities that the headquarters of the world’s largest technology companies. The San Jose metro area – a.k.a. Silicon Valley – had the highest output per resident for […]

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by Jodi Summers Murals, sculptures and landscaping are all ways for a neighborhood to forge a collective identity, stimulate learning, instill a sense of pride and invites business. Thank you to the grass roots movement, Beautify Lincoln. Since 2012, this team of volunteer artists have painted murals on more than 20 storefronts on Lincoln Blvd […]

Inglewood Oil Field operations are suspected by neighbors who've experienced cracking on their properties

by Jodi Summers The Inglewood Oil Fields, are part of the Southern California fabric. Oil has been part of the local color as far back as 1543, when Native Southern Californians used tar for decorating and to waterproof canes and baskets. During the Gold Rush years prior to statehood, travelers moving along a popular route […]